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Linguistic foodscape as conveyed through online food menus


Lim, Chia Wei (2017) Linguistic foodscape as conveyed through online food menus. Masters thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.


This research focuses on the current concern of language use in a particular environment which is encapsulated broadly as linguistic landscape. The study provides insights into language use in a narrowed context which will articulate social realities in relation to linguistic “foodscape” with a Malaysian flavour. It examines explores textual and non- textual linguistics in the form of online food menus. For this study, an internet search was conducted to identify online food menus identified by referred to all eatery shops in the largest shopping mall in Klang Valley. The search yielded online menus only from 37 shops. The menus were then studied in detail both for their linguistic expressions related to cuisinary language and their accompanying non-linguistic expressions. Next, the study explore how different cultures affect the Malaysian linguistic foodscape. The final part of the study discusses linguistics features pertaining to foods that contribute to the linguistic foodscape. The findings show that English is the most widespread language used in the Malaysian foodscape as found in the online food menus. The findings also showcase the interrelations between the patterns of language and script use, and non-linguistic expressions which together convey a distinct Malaysian cultural identity related to food menus. This study adds information to a vibrant area of social language use which has deep implications for practices in human food consumption. They could also reflect sustainability in food economies and market trends which are important aspects in economic and national development. In sum, the study touches on social and cultural capital contextualized within sets of personal values which make language use unique and dynamic.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subject: Language and culture
Subject: Food - Social aspects
Call Number: FBMK 2019 44
Chairman Supervisor: Professor Ain Nadzimah Abdullah, PhD
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Depositing User: Ms. Nur Faseha Mohd Kadim
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 01:40
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2021 03:31
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/84726
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